Cloud
Managing the cloud
As part of my role in Kainos I am involved in our Managed Cloud projects. I have written this blog to give an insight into what we actually do in one of these projects and the benefits for customers of working with us. The reason our Managed Cloud offering exists is that cloud services such…
First steps with Selenium – Selenium IDE tool
If you would like to learn more about the practical side of test automation, but you are not quite sure where to start – Selenium IDE might be the answer. The goal of the following post, which I’ve structured as a mini-tutorial, is to provide an overview of the basic functions of Selenium IDE, its…
Why Cloud is Not for Everyone
London – UK – May 3rd, 2013 – Thriving technology company Kainos has today unveiled its latest video opening our eyes to the cloud and the many different ways to approach it. As you might expect given its track record for innovation, Kainos has been close to cloud action right from the beginning – just…
Workday doesn’t just deliver SaaS you know
  Famed for their evangelical implementation of the SaaS delivery model, Workday is the manifestation of ‘true cloud’ software; however it is their lesser-publicised delivery model I want to discuss– embedded iPaaS. PaaS Categories PaaS provides infrastructure software, such as integration mechanisms, storage areas and runtime environments, upon which applications are built and deployed, examples…
Cloud is a Catalyst for Disruption
Organisations are seeking serious innovation during these economically challenging times. But innovation comes at a cost that can be summed up in one word: disruption. The disordering of existing business models and functions takes time and effort, and has a corresponding cost. No reason not to welcome it! People are rethinking how they do their…
Cloud – Know your workload!
When designing architecture on a cloud platform it’s vital to understand the workload. Having a good understanding of the resources you require will mean greater efficiency and less waste.  Just because the cloud is ubiquitous and easy to use doesn’t mean it’s free – so wasted cloud resources cost money! To avoid wasted resource and its associated…
Do you really trust the Cloud?
  One of the main reasons why many IS experts steer clear of cloud computing is a lack of trust in its ability to deliver what the business needs. We IT professionals are accustomed to being in complete control of our own services, and often look at our creations through rose-tinted glasses (ignoring the sticky…
Proving Puddings – a real life example of cloud power
We’ve all heard a lot about the power of the cloud and how it brings benefits of flexibility, speed and reduced cost to the organisation. Well, you never know until you’ve done it yourself. Now I do and can verify that the cloud really does make a huge difference! Here’s my story …
The Private Cloud Paradox
  Increasingly, I view public clouds like any public amenity. Take, for example, the new complex built by my local council to provide leisure facilities to the general public. The council is responsible for the operation, up-keep and maintenance of the complex, and ultimately underwrites the risk attributed to operating these services. I don’t hold…
Deploying to Cloud
The main reason for the existence of cloud computing is to provide an elastic platform scaling both up and down to meet services demand. To provide such a capability demands some pretty impressive infrastructure and orchestration services! Cloud infrastructure and platform vendors place the onus on the customer to construct their application in a fault…